Dança Ilusória

Study Score, Downloadable

Duration 9:00 $30.00


Solos are in the piano and trombone part. I once did this with piano soloing through the whole piece, and it was lovely. That requires quite a soloist.


5 reeds, 4 trumpets, 3 trombones, 1 bass trombone, piano, guitar, bass, drums, and we included an accordion part in case you find yourself doing other pieces of mine with accordion.

The offer contains

  • Downloadable PDF study score (transposed) for "Dança Ilusória"
  • Downloadable PDF sketches and a harmonic outline of key areas
  • Downloadable PDF analysis by Maria to help you dig through harmonic movement of this modulating piece
  • Streamed video of Maria discussing the writing of this work
  • Streamed audio illuminating various musicians' perspective on performing this work


Recorded on Concert in the Garden, "Dança Ilusória" is the third movement of "Three Romances" that was commissioned by the University of Miami. The harmonic movement sounds almost like Brazilian bossa nova, but the rhythmic feel is a two-beat foxtrot. I used to love dancing foxtrot, and literally imagined dancing to this. The title, in Portuguese, means, illusory dance. The piece is unique in that it just keeps modulating and modulating throughout. In a downloadable analysis, I try to give some insight into the harmonic movement. Sketches, interviews and an analysis should all help you get inside of this piece.

Rather large portions of this score are also available with all three levels of composer participation - Composer, Composer ‘Plus’ and Composer ‘Plus Plus’. If you plan to become a composer participant, you might want to see what's included in your download before making this purchase.

To purchase all three movements to "Three Romances," go here.

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